PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Convenient dental care for children will soon be available again in Pender County.
The Dental Mobile Unit shut down in April due to a lack of staff after two dental assistants were fired. Now, the Health Department has hired Dr. Kathy Barnes from Hampstead.
Barnes will hire a dental assistant this September and officials hope the Dental Mobile Unit will be back in full operation by the beginning of October.
The Dental Mobile Unit is a service dedicated to helping families at any income level.
"This enables us to get around to all the schools but in particular those who have limited access to a dentist," explained Carolyn Moser, the Pender County Health Director. She says a lot of dentist offices are on the eastern side of the county, making it difficult for families in the west.